A decade ago the Justin Price era of Cougar Football began. Outside of the Price Twins one man remains from that initial staff. His name is Cody Seiber. He has faithfully given his all to the Cougar Nation ever since.
On Friday night he had to enter one of the most iconic stadiums in the history of football as acting head coach of the Campbell County Cougars. Justin and Matt Price, along with all of the Price family, were gathered at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital as young Jack Price enter treatment for Leukemia. Jack, the infant son of Justin and Traci Price, had gotten the sad diagnosis the day before.
It fell upon the shoulders of the remaining staff to lead the Cougars in this situation. Seiber, Chris Honeycutt, Troy Arnold, and Landon Reese stepped up in a major way. They led the Cougars to a 13-6 victory over traditional East Tennessee power Austin-East. \
Though a jamboree is not always indicative of how the regular season will go this particular quarter of football showed something else. It showed the Cougars were going to rally behind their coach and play with their whole hearts.
For Cody Seiber it was a great leap in his journey as a coach. A wise man named Arn Anderson once said,”adversity introduces a man to himself.” I can not think of a more adverse situation to be in. His coaches that he has been with since he played high school football himself were struck with one of the most crushing situations imaginable. With no notice at all he had to take the reigns of the team and rest of the coaching staff. He had to settle the minds of dozens of young men who had their coach ripped from them. He had to focus them on the task at hand, when it would be so easy to lose that focus as their beloved head coach must have weighed heavy on their hearts. He had to go from being a position coach to a coordinator. He had to be his best.
He delivered all of this in spades. Cody Seiber proved that he embodies the Blue and Orange. He is ready to lead a team of young men onto the field and squeeze every ounce of their potential out of them. He proved that he is indeed head coaching material.